Seattle's on the road this week, but not even a cross-country trip to face the Giants is enough to keep them from the top spot in Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 15 defense/special teams rankings. The Seahawks lost last week to the 49ers on the road, but the defense should find things a little easier against a Giants team that has yielded the most fantasy points to DSTs.
Carolina on the other hand will gladly welcome a Jets offense led by rookie quarterback Geno Smith after getting carved up last week on the road by Drew Brees and the Saints. Brees threw for 313 yards and four touchdowns against the Panthers, which along with the 31 points the Saints scored were the most Carolina has given up in a game all season. Enter Smith, who hasn't thrown for 300 yards in a game since Week 3 and has posted a 2:12 touchdown-to-interception ratio over his last eight games. Carolina's defense can hardly wait to sink its claws into the rookie signal-caller.
Then there is Kansas City's DST, which holds a fairly substantial lead over the aforementioned Panthers for top scoring honors in fantasy. Last week against Washington, the Chiefs had a sack party, piling up six of them. That marked the fourth game for this defense with at least five sacks. Besides the sacks and two turnovers, the Chiefs also returned two kicks for touchdowns, putting the finishing touches on their sixth game with a least 21 fantasy points this season. Next up is an Oakland offense that has surrendered 41 sacks (tied for the fourth most) total and turned the ball over at least twice in six of its last eight games.
Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.
2013 NFL Week 15 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams
San Francisco 49ers
Kansas City Chiefs
New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New England Patriots
St. Louis Rams
at DET (Mon.)
vs. BAL (Mon.)
Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:
0 points allowed = 12 points
1-6 points allowed = 10 points
7-13 points allowed = 8 pts
14-20 points allowed = 6 points
21-27 points allowed = 2 pts
28+ points allowed = 0 points
Safeties = 2 points
Fumbles recovered = 2 points
Interceptions = 2 points
Sacks = 1 point
Defensive/Special Teams TDs = 6 points
Additional Week 15 Positional Rankings